The 1987 New Music America Festival was held in Philadelphia during the first two weeks in October. Produced by the local ensemble Relâche, this 10 day extravaganza of adventurous musical programing featured over 20 concerts, lectures, and sound installations. A wide range of sonic delights were offered, ranging from 20th century classical works for instrumental ensemble, to examples of experimental electronic wizardry, to incomparable improvisational jazz extravaganza’s, all performed by a bevy of talented musicians and composers.
In this seventh concert of the Festival, we hear a flute duet by John Fonville with Anne LaBerge for experimental tuning systems, a piece for solo saxophone and tape by Tina Davidson, and an extended set of “songs” by Kixx, dubbed the “enfant terrible” of the West German improvised music scene of the 80’s.
Notes from the concert program:
MONG SONGS FOR TWO FLUTES by John Fonville
Mong is the root word for “mongrel”. These flute duets are built on experimental tuning systems: F-19 is an almost equal 19 note scale; S.P. Hybrid is two superimposed non-western scales; .5 is half quarter tone and half intuitive/idiomatic tuning.
TRANSPARENT VICTIMS by Tina Davidson
This is a work for solo saxophone and pre-recorded tape playback. Written for and performed by Marshall Taylor.
INDUSTRIAL SOFT POP by James Meneses
Kixx is a “rock” group led by core members Lars Rudolph (BRD) and Jim Meneses (USA). The music of Kixx combines personal and manipulated sound production, song forms, improvisation, loose structures and noise to form a cohesive whole.
This concert was held at the Painted Bride Art Center, on October 6, 1987, and generously provided to Other Minds by Joseph Franklin who directed the 1987 New Music America festival, and Werner Strobel who digitized the original tape recordings.
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